Trinity Talk (Page 27)

Trinity Talk (Page 27)

Idols Unaware

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21) A trip to India will cause you to reassess things in your life. On my recent trip, it was very difficult to acclimate to the spiritual, cultural and literal climate. But undoubtedly the most unexpected aspect about the culture is that blatant, daily and literal idolatry that is a normal part of every day life. People actually purchase stone idols and pray to them. They set up shrines to their billions…

Christ Gazing

… fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…   Hebrews 12:1 The cloud that shrouded the tower was slowly drifting away, and the view that unveiled before us was stunning.  Melissa and I had spent most of the day on a long and demanding hike up the heights of the El Yunque rain forest.  We were told that the view from the observation tower on top of the highest peak was stunning, but the cloud cover had…

What Do You Hear in the Silence?

My friend just came back from a silent retreat.  When I spoke to him, he said it was a great experience, although, I confess, lots of jokes were running through my head.  I mean, how would you know that people didn’t hate the silence?  No one could say anything about it! These kinds of retreats are becoming more popular.  People travel a long way and pay good money to sit for days in silence.  To be honest, it sounds like…

I Wonder

Last year around Christmas time I tweeted a few fragments of Christmas songs on the days leading up to Christmas.  I got a good response as people enjoyed taking time to meditate on the truths in lyrics such as: “Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing”   “Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.”   “Son of God, love’s pure light”   “Till he appeared and the soul felt it’s worth.”   “Dear…
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Four Blood Moons

Once again the Church world is being rocked by so-called prophetic signs of the end-times, this time in the form of the so-called “Four Blood Moons.” In a book by that title (Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change) the author, Pastor John Hagee lays out what he calls “celestial signals” signifying something earth-changing is about to happen. These signals are in the form of a series of blood moons which will occur in 2014 and 2015 and will…

My Thoughts on Leaving our Facility and What Lies Ahead

As I approach my forty third spiritual birthday in a couple of weeks, I have been reflecting on how much change I have experienced over the years. Some were massive while others were not earth shattering. Some were totally unexpected, while others I could clearly see coming. One thing has been consistently true: following Jesus has meant living constantly with the joy and pain of change. We are now facing another massive change for Trinity. We have undergone several over…
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You Are God’s Building

1 Corinthians 3:9 When I was in English class in grade school, I learned repeatedly in my compositions to never mix metaphors. Apparently, the apostle Paul never took my class! Throughout his writings, he is always mixing metaphors. A great example of this is found in I Corinthians 3:9. From verses 6-9a, Paul uses agricultural metaphors to describe his (and others’ ministry) among the Corinthians. The Gospel is seed that the apostle planted among the Corinthians and that seed was…

Which God Do You Behold?

Recently I received a letter from a prisoner in Washington State who had had been given a copy of my worship book: “Because He’s Worthy”.  He wrote me a fourteen-page, handwritten letter recounting his life story—a story full of horribly devastating events that most of us will never experience.  He spoke beautifully and articulately about how Christ has changed his heart and how he, even from a prison cell, is now experiencing the joy-filled life of Christ. He wrote a…
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God’s Fellow Workers

1 Cor. 1:10-13, 3:4 In the first few chapters of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (first), Paul is dealing with a problem in the Church which was the cause of some of the divisions among them. The particular division he addresses in the early chapters dealt with the Corinthians’ preference when it came to their favorite preachers. The Corinthian Church had the blessing of having several teachers besides Paul (who initially established the Church) to instruct them. Apollos, who was…

The Way We Grow

If I were to ask you what is the best way to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ, what would you say? Spending time in the Word?  Prayer?  Worship? Of course, all of these things are crucial to maturing as a Christ follower, and they should not be neglected.  But there is one element of the Christian life that often gets overlooked. In Colossians 2:19 Paul urges the church at Colossae to be careful to hold on tight to…